Elizabeth Warren Pushes Massachusetts Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 28, 2020   |   9:58AM   |   Boston, Massachusetts

Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined Massachusetts abortion activists Tuesday in urging the state to pass a radical bill that would legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.

The pro-abortion Democrat senator stoked up fear during the online pro-abortion rally, warning that the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett could lead to more abortion restrictions, the Boston Globe reports.

“If Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation makes you scared and angry, you are right to be scared and angry,” Warren said.

She urged the state legislature to pass the ROE Act (H3320/S1209), which would eliminate basically all restrictions on abortion in Massachusetts.

It would allow abortions through all nine months of pregnancy, even if there is no physical threat to the mother, and eliminate the state parental consent requirement for underage girls. It also would allow “passive infanticide” by eliminating a requirement to provide medical care to a baby who is born alive after an abortion.

The bill has been stalled in committee for more than a year. It suggests lawmakers know how widely unpopular the legislation is with voters. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose late-term abortions and support parental consent for minors.

Abortion activists, however, are trying to increase support for the measure by stirring up fear about the Supreme Court possibly overturning Roe v. Wade.

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Warren told abortion activists that there are 17 abortion cases that the high court could hear in the near future. These include a Mississippi law that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks; the justices are scheduled to consider whether to take up the case Friday.

“If these attacks succeed, they will disproportionately have negative effects for women of color who are already facing some of the most insurmountable barriers to reproductive care,” Warren said.

Fellow Massachusetts Sen. Edward J. Markey also warned about Barrett’s pro-life convictions at the online rally, according to the report.

“Barrett is an active and a vocal threat to reproductive health and rights,” Markey said. “With another anti-abortion justice confirmed to a lifetime appointment, the right and ability to access safe, legal abortion will almost certainly be left to the states.”

The ROE Act is dangerous legislation that would put the lives of unborn and born children at risk. Massachusetts Citizens for Life said voters can stop it from becoming law.

“You organized last year en masse and stalled this anti-life bill in committee,” the pro-life organization states on its website. “You arrived in droves on the day of the public hearing, demonstrating that Massachusetts citizens, both pro-life and pro-choice, do not support promoting abortion access over women’s safety, our daughter’s safety, and the lives of infants born alive during botched procedures.”

Massachusetts Citizens for Life urged people to call their state legislators and the members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and tell them to vote no.

Polls indicate that most voters oppose what the legislation would do, including eliminate the parental consent requirement for minors and expand late-term abortions.

A recent poll by Susan B. Anthony List found strong opposition to the legislation. According to the poll, 62 percent of Massachusetts voters oppose late-term abortions, including 49 percent of Democrat and 66 percent of independent voters. The same number, 62 percent, also support the current state law requiring parental consent before a girl under 18 has an abortion.

Similar legislation passed in New York, Illinois, Vermont and Rhode Island last year, prompting massive outrage. Another pro-abortion bill narrowly failed in New Mexico because of strong public opposition.

ACTION ALERT: Contact the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the JudiciaryContact state lawmakers.